Sokaraja is an economy liveaboard cruise boat that operates 3-5 night diving tours in the Komodo National Park all year round where you will encounter vibrant healthy coral reefs, incredible macro and other marine life, huge schools of fish, turtles, curious dolphins and magnificent manta rays.
Built in 2013, this 25m long and 5.5m wide liveaboard boat, carries a maximum of just 10 scuba divers, allowing a personalised adventure in touch with nature that makes Komodo such a special place. The small size and attentive crew make it perfect for island hopping and these trips include trekking to find the famous Komodo dragons, hiking to viewpoints, beaches, and witness the magical sight of thousands of flying foxes in the sunset sky.
The boat itself is well maintained and accommodation includes 2 double bed cabins and a 6-bed dormitory that is ideal for backpackers and young travelers that prefer to enjoy the adventure than to spend big on luxury. Guests share 2 bathrooms onboard. There is a solar panel system to power the fun, and the generator is turned off at night to allow relaxation and sleep without engine sound. The dining area is an open-air communal space designed to enjoy the scenery. The dining experience on a budget liveaboard such as Sokaraja may not be luxurious, but it is always tasty, filling, and provides a chance to try local Indonesian cuisine while enjoying a unique experience at sea.
The dive deck is in the middle of the boat where divers gear up and jump straight off the platform for nearby sites, or board the 40 HP motorised fibreglass speedboat for more distant sites. The boat has both DIN and yoke tank valves. After the dives there are 2 bathrooms with western style toilets and fresh water showers to rinse off the sea water. Then at the end of the day you can relax and enjoy an ice cold beer, glass of wine, or a soft drink on the sundeck with its huge comfortable mattress.
Dive experience: The minimum certification level is OPEN WATER and minimum of 30 logged dives to join the liveaboard safaris.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, port fees, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 4 divers per guide), torch, tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 32 per day), Komodo National Park fees (week days: US$ 18 per day, Sundays and holidays: US$ 23 per day, ranger fee: US$ 9). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid in advance.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, beer/wine, dive computer (US$ 6 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 5 per day), diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, cash (IDR only), bank card, or bank transfer.
How to get there: Sokaraja's liveaboard cruises depart at 8:30-9 am from Labuan Bajo, Flores (meet at the Dermaga Kampung Ujung (jetty) on the morning of your cruise). Board at 8:30 am. You can fly direct to Labuan Bajo from Bali or Jakarta.
The last dive on all of these charters will be 12 noon on the final day, and then the boat returns and arrives in port for disembarkation at around 3-4 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Komodo travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 20%.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 75% of the published price for their own double bed cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): approx. 15% discount from individual prices.
Sokaraja accommodates 4 guests in 2 double bed cabins on the upper deck. There is also a dormitory cabin with 6 bunk beds on the main deck, All guests share 2 bathrooms and a 3rd shower. Each bathroom has a toilet, fresh water showers, hand basin, and basic toiletries.